Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) today launched its all-new compact-SUV, TUV300, at Rs 7.11 lakh, ex-showroom Bangalore. The TUV300 is claimed to be inspired by the design of a tank, with tough, bold and stylish ‘true blue SUV’ characteristics, and has been created on a completely new vehicle platform. While it is pitted against other compact-SUVs including the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport Nissan Terrano and Hyundai Creta, the TUV300 is unique in many ways. The key differentiators are that the TUV300 is a body-on-frame design SUV with seven seats, while its competitors are monocoque bodies offering five seats.
The new TUV300 is powered by a completely new 1.5 l, mHawk80 diesel engine that with a two-stage turbocharger, which is 20 kg lighter, with new internals. The engine delivers maximum power of 84 hp at 3,750 rpm, and peak torque of 230 Nm from 1,500 to 2,250 rpm. The TUV300 comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, with the option of the autoSHIFT five-speed automated manual transmission (AMT), which is claimed to be a first in the segment. The vehicle also features a first-in-class ECO mode function, which improves fuel efficiency and result in an ARAI-certified 18.49 km/l fuel economy.
The twin stage turbocharged mHawk80 engine powering the TUV300 is claimed to eliminate turbo-lag, giving surplus torque at low speeds that enables effortless overtaking, as well as enhanced city driving. The TUV300 also features a dual mass flywheel that completely isolates engine torsional vibrations, resulting in the elimination of drive-train rattles and low levels of NVH, the company noted. M&M said that while the AMT was developed with inputs from Ricardo, it is owner of technology.
The TUV300 is claimed to offer best-in-class interior space, with a range of technological equipment. These include static-bending headlamps, brake energy regeneration, reversing assist, voice messaging system, driver information system, follow-me lamps, M&M’s BlueSense mobile app and Micro-Hybrid Technology. The exterior features a grill with chrome inserts, roof rails, alloy wheels, a tailgate-mounted spare wheel and high ground clearance. The interior of the TUV300 sports a dual-tone dashboard with chrome and metal accents, hexagonal centre bezel, twin-pod instrument cluster, 2-DIN infotainment system and steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls.
The Mahindra TUV300’s frame is based on the company’s third generation chassis, which has the toughened high-strength steel body shell bolted on to it. Dual Airbags and ABS with EBD are available as option from the entry-level variant T4+. The vehicle is also equipped with Corner Brake Control (CBC) for safety.
Vijay Nakra, Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Care - Automotive Division, M&M, said the TUV300 is the first passenger vehicle launch based on a new platform. He added that the vehicle has a production capacity of 5,000 per month, and that it will also be exported, first to right-hand drive markets.